I was on the water at St Albans by 1pm and headed down to Tait's Point. The birds were out and about, as was a farmer feeding cattle. As I headed towards the lower breakwater I spotted something I hadn't seen over the Barwon before. Skydivers!
|Skydivers just visible in the distance|
I continued my journey and did the usual lift and drag around the breakwater. A little further downstream I met up with another paddler who was heading up for a spot of our common hobby - geocaching.
|Expansive views across Lake Connewarre|
At its highest point, The Island rises to about 15m above sea level, meaning that from this point, the surrounding views are expansive.
|Lake Connewarre looking north west from The Island|
When I arrived, the cattle I had passed earlier were chewing away at the hay the farmer had distributed for them and were quite happy to watch from the bank as I snapped some shots. The carp which had been jumping out of the water throughout my paddle were not so obliging.
|Cows and calves|
|I don't think the truck is going anywhere soon!|
Out for a cruise
Fortunately for my ease of paddling and perhaps a little surprising given the weather, there were no speedboats out at all. Consequently I had a quiet paddle up this section of the river with no disturbances, although by this stage (heading for 20km) the blisters were starting to make themselves felt as were the muscles across my shoulders.
The scenery was the usual mix of farms and historical structures which can be found throughout Breakwater on one side of the river and Marshall on the other.
One activity which did seem to be particularly popular as it was by now late in the afternoon was fishing. Every little gap in the reeds with public access seemed to be occupied by someone fishing from the bank.
Finally, by 5:45pm I was at the upper breakwater and well and truly ready for a lift home.
|The chimneys of Haworth's and Fowler's tanneries at Breakwater|
Just another ordinary day on the Barwon really.